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18
Feb
16

Flights of Fancy • Trumpeter swans on the Mississippi River

In this in-between time of late winter coming into spring, the landscape isn’t always so picturesque. So at some friends’ invitation, I went with them to Monticello to see the Trumpeter Swans that winter over there. The warm water that is discharged by the power plant keeps the river open and hundreds of waterfowl are easily seen from the banks of the Mississippi River. On a cold and very windy day, the ducks, geese and swans were very active and it made for a challenging diversion from the often slower-paced and methodical shooting of the landscape. NOTE: You can enlarge any image on the blog simply by clicking on the image.

Swans in flight 2 WEB copy

Swans in flight 1 WEB

Swans in flight 3 WEB

Swans in flight 4 WEB

Swan in flight 1 WEB

03
Feb
16

Record snowfall for February 2 in Minnesota

Before the last available light of the afternoon disappeared, I was able to make a quick trip down to Como Park during the peak of the record-breaking storm.  I spent more time trying to keep snow off the front of my lens than I did taking pictures. NOTE: You can enlarge any image on the blog simply by clicking on the image.


Feb storm 2 WEB copy

Feb storm 1 WEB copy

Feb storm 7 WEB copy

24
Jan
16

Sax-Zim Bog 2016 and Duluth Harbor

This winter’s trip failed to reveal any owls, unlike the past two winter trips where there were multiple sightings of Snowy, Great Grey and Hawk owls. But there was still a lot of sublime sightings amid the mostly overcast and snow-flurried skies. The last photograph is from Canal Park in Duluth’s harbor where a first-year Ivory Gull, a bird more at home on the arctic pack ice, has been drawing quite a bit of attention. NOTE: You can enlarge any image on the blog simply by clicking on the image.

Gray JayGrey Jay 1 WEB

Pine Grosbeak (male)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak WEB

Snowshoe HareSnowshoe Hare WEB

Pine Grosbeak (female)
Pine Grosebeak (F) WEB

PorcupinePorcupine WEB

Black-capped ChickadeesBlack-capped chickadees WEB

Evening GrosbeakEvening Grosbeak (M) WEB

Common RedpollRedpoll in flight WEB

Gray JayGrey Jay WEB

Ivory GullIvory Gull 3 WEB

 

20
Jan
16

Not-so-common visitors

The Pileated woodpecker and Red-bellied woodpecker are not-so-common visitors to my urban feeders in the city of St. Paul.  They are more common in wooded areas like those around the St. Croix River near Stillwater, Minnesota where these were photographed.

Pileated Woodpecker 1 Feb 2016 WEB

 

Red-bellied woodpecker WEB

11
Jan
16

birch detail

This is an image I introduced later in the 2015 season from the area of Fort Snelling State Park.

Birch Pano WEB

24
Jul
15

North Shore of Lake Superior

I had the opportunity to participate in the Grand Marais Art Fair in the middle of July and spent a couple of days meandering back home with a stop along the Gunflint Trail to view the prolific growth of lupine as well as a stop at Cascade River State Park.

Lupine NEW WEB

 

Cascade Falls WEB

24
Mar
15

a state of extremes

While I might still marvel at a scene such as this…

Como snow scene WEB

 

I am really ready to experience a scene such as this…

JTG pano WEB

Both scenes are from Como Park – click on either image to see it in a larger size.